With our first Summer Classic show being such a success last year, we were extremely excited for the 2012 show and we knew the bar had been set high. We listened to all of the suggestions, and tried to make this year go as smooth as possible. This year we planned, planned some more, then planned again, until the week before the show came and we all buckled down and started making the plans become reality. Despite some early morning rain scares, the weather turned out perfect, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day!
For the show this year we decided to keep our “non-competitive, laid back” vibe. Instead of trophies we picked out a small selection of our favorite cars or “Eastwood Picks” and parked them center stage with the Street Rodder Road Tour cars in front of the Eastwood retail outlet. It was tough to pick a small group of our favorites, but the spread was quite broad with the lineup including hot rods, customs, muscle cars, race cars, a super car, and even a neat little Triumph TR6 with a BMW M3 Engine in it!
The official times for the Summer Classic were 10AM-3PM, but by 10AM we already had well over 100 cars as enthusiasts poured into the lot. We didn’t want any of our fans, customers, or followers from out of town to miss the show, so we hosted a live stream as the cars packed into the front of Eastwood headquarters. As the show field continued to fill up we heard the familiar rumble of a Ford Racing Coyote V8 as Jerry Dixey in the Street Rodder ’40 Ford rolled into the show with his fellow “roadtourians” following behind. We got a quick preview of the car the night before the show, but we still couldn’t get over how nice the ’40 Ford had turned out. The chop by Hollywood Hot Rods with Eastwood Tools was “just right”, the paint and interior was perfect, and that engine bay was almost as stunning as the exterior!
Throughout the day we had technical demos on welding, plasma cutting, powder coating, painting, and plastic repair with our new Eastwood Hot Stapler. As the show winded down we announced our giveaways with prizes from our suppliers and some of your favorite Eastwood products. We ended the day by giving away an Eastwood TIG 200 to one lucky winner.
Thanks to everyone that brought their ride, attended, watched the live feed, followed on Facebook, and volunteered during the show, we can’t wait for next year! We’re still sorting through thousands of videos and countless hours of video footage, so stay tuned for more coverage of the show here on the blog, but for now here is some of our favorites thus far.